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Is PFDJ Fanning Sudan’s “Currency War”?

In late August, the Sudanese regime rounded up over sixty Eritrean businessmen and PFDJ functionaries and is detaining them in Khartoum’s central prison, Kober, pending investigations on the origins of millions  worth of Sudanese currency (Sudanese pound or jineh) they were caught with. The issue surfaced when Sudan abruptly issued …

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Day 2: Eritrean Dialogue Group Resumes Discussion In Addis

An Eritrean dialogue group attending a seminar in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, continued its sessions on Wednesday. The attendants formed four break-out groups to discuss issues related to youth, media, refugees and the role of the Eritrean Diaspora. The afternoon session was spent in deliberations and debates, both formal and informal, …

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Monitoring Group Finds The Smoking Gun On Eritrean Regime

A 400+ page report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, which was made public today, states that the Eritrean regime, far from complying with UN Security Council Resolution 1907, is actually engaged in more brazen and reckless behavior that threatens to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa, and …

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Darfur Agreement And Ethiopian Diplomacy In Qatar

Under the auspices of the Amir of Qatar, a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Darfuri Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) was signed on Thursday in Doha. Dr Ghazi Salahaddin signed the agreement on behalf of the Sudanese government while Dr. AlTijani Sissi signed it on behalf of …

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UNSC Should Extend, Stiffen Sanctions Against Eritrean Regime

Isaias: The Matchstick Of The Horn On Friday, July 15, 2011, the Eritrea Somalia Monitoring Group (“Monitoring Group”) is expected to formally provide its long-awaited report to the Sanctions Committee that was authorized by UN Security Council Resolution 1907 which was passed in 2009. Passed by 13-1-1 vote, Resolution 1907 …

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UK Retaliates Against Eritrean Regime’s Obfuscation

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has made good on its threat to retaliate against the Eritrean regime’s decision to hold British nationals and to deny them consular access: it has restricted the movement of the Eritrean regime’s ambassador to the UK and told him that his regime is no longer …

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NATO Navy Captures Armament-Filled Ship, Bound For Eritrea

A small ship, originating from North Korea and carrying rockets and other armaments destined for Eritrea, was intercepted in the international waters of the Indian Ocean by international navy enforcing sanctions against Eritrea. There are 15 tons of rockets, surface to air missiles and explosives worth USD $15 million on …

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Uprising Realigns Qatar, Egypt Relations With Eritrea, Ethiopia

The North African uprising is having a dramatic impact on Egyptian and Qatari relationships with bitter rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia, with the latter benefiting from the new developments and Eritrea finding itself, once again, on the wrong side of the popular wave. Prior to the uprising, Ethiopia regularly complained about …

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Isaias Afwerki Interview: On North African Uprisings And The Horn

In part 2 of his interview with state-owned Eri-TV, Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki explained that the North African and Middle Eastern uprisings are the result of popular displeasure with vertical polarization and power/financial concentration in the hands of the elite coupled with external intervention by the practioners of “creative chaos”, …

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Prime Minister Meles Zenawi: No Longer Playing Defense

In a wide ranging interview with awate.com on April 13th, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi discussed the economic progress in Ethiopia, as well as developments in the region particularly Eritrea, Libya, Egypt and South Sudan, and how that has, in some cases, brought about changes to Ethiopia’s policy. Referencing his …

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Outlaw Eritrean Regime Kidnaps Akito From Yemen

Sheikh Mohammed Omar Akito, one of the lions of Eritrea’s patriotic movements of the 1950s, has been kidnapped by the PFDJ from Yemen and is now languishing in an Eritrean prison. Akito, believed to be in his late 80s, was living in Djibouti when he was taken ill, and went …

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Djibouti: Guelleh wins presidential bid; opponent concedes

Djibouti’s incumbent president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, was re-elected to the presidency by a nearly four to one margin in Friday’s polls.  The challenger, Mohammed Wersama, has conceded. Across the country, Djiboutians went to polls starting at six am on Friday and voting stations were open until late at night, and …

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Djibouti President: Opposition Wants To Lead “Without Struggling”

Gedab News, Djibouti, April 7, 2011: Today, in a press conference at the presidential palace, Djibouti President Ismail Guelleh criticized the opposition for having no alternative program and its forerunners for wanting “to be leaders without struggling.” “Opposition is necessary because it prevents what is happening in other countries from …

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Djibouti Presidential Election Campaign Ends Today

The Djiboutian presidential election winded up today, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, with rallies of thousands of Djiboutians at stadiums. For a country with a population of 650,000, attendance was exceptionally large.  152,000 are registered voters, of whom 92,000 are from the capital city Djibouti. The candidates’ last campaigns were accompanied …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 4

Washington DC: In With A Whimper, Out With A Whimper In mid-March 2011, Ghirmai “Santim” Ghebremariam, who became Eritrea’s ambassador to the United States on September 12, 2006, was given ten days to pack up and leave the country.  Ghirmai “Santim” excels in the ruling party’s definition of “ambassador”, which …

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Three Eritreans Brutally Killed In Libya

Gedab News has learned that, last week, three Eritreans were killed brutally by roaming Libyan armed gangs.  The names of the three Eritreans are:  Ahmed Mohamed Ali, Habtes Gebremariam and Gebremeskel Yohannes. According to our source, the three Eritreans were attacked in their residence and beaten to death. We have no additional …

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Eritrean Strongman Isaias Afwerki: Still The Regional Spoiler

The recent North African revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya may have temporarily put a pause on Isaias Afwerki’s preternaturally spoiler role in the region, but the strongman has not entirely curtailed his adventures. In February 2011, Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi accused Eritrea of sending militants from the port …

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